Do I need to go to the dentist every 6 months? The Canadian Dental Association recommends that your child visits a dentist every six months. How often you go for a dental exam and dental cleaning as an adult depends on your oral health needs. For the majority of the population this means going every 6 months. These visits may seem cumbersome to most people, but they are very important at the same time. Regular dental visits ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, and it helps your dentist to spot any minor problems before they become major issues.
Why do I need frequent dental cleaning?
Depending on your personal dental health, your dentist may recommend more or less frequent visits. Many factors are at play when it comes to dental health, including how well you care for your gums and teeth and how quickly plaque builds up on your teeth. Also, if you have dental problems that require frequent treatment or checking, you will need to go to the dentist more frequently.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, and you care for your oral health, you may not need dental check-ups more than once every six months. A history of gum disease will cause you to need more frequent checkups, as will poor general health. Here’s what you can do to care for your teeth and gums:
- Floss every day.
- Brush properly with fluoride toothpaste.
- Eat a balanced diet with food from all the groups.
- Limit your intake of sugar and sticky foods.
Your overall health affects your dental health.
Will I need x-rays every time I go for dental cleaning?
As with dental cleaning, the frequency of dental x-rays depends on your oral health. If you have not had cavities in a number of years, you may not need x-rays every time you visit the dentist. However, if your dentist is monitoring the progress of a dental issue, you will require x-rays on a more frequent basis.
Dental x-rays have a much lower radiation risk, but they offer valuable insight into your oral health, helping to prevent small issues from becoming major problems. If you are unsure about why you have to have an x-ray done, feel free to ask your dentist.
What happens during a dental cleaning appointment?
Tooth decay is only one of the issues that your dentist will check for when you visit. Your appointment may also include:
Gum Evaluation: Checking for gingivitis and other gum health issues.
Head, Neck, Jaw Examination: Checking for anything out of the ordinary.
Mouth Exam: Checking for indications of vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and oral cancer.
Some dentists will also examine the movement of your lower jaw joints, saliva, bite, and your face.
Once the examinations have been done, the dentist will clean your teeth, paying special attention to tartar and plaque, both of which can build up quickly in the absence of proper oral hygiene. Soft plaque can harden, irritating the gums and leading to gum disease. Additionally, food, drinks and smoking can stain your teeth, and this should be cleaned to prevent your teeth from becoming yellow.
Common cleaning methods will include:
- Cleaning teeth and gums.
- Removing tartar and plaque.
- Polishing your teeth.
- Flossing in-between your teeth.
The dental cleaning appointment will end with your dentist reviewing best brushing and flossing practices and by making additional recommendations.
Routine examinations every six months are vital in our opinion, as they complement your daily oral hygiene practices for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It may seem trivial, but your dental health affects your overall health and dental cleaning should therefore be a priority.
Holland Landing Dental clinic typically serves clients in the York and Simcoe region including (but not limited to) Holland Landing, Keswick, Sharon, Newmarket, Innisfil, Bradford, Barrie and other nearby cities.